In case you didn’t get enough of the season-opening 49ers victory at Lambeau Field, team photographer Terrell Lloyd and Kym Fortino collaborated to create this eye-popping photo gallery. But the focus around team headquarters is now on the Detroit Lions, who will visit Candlestick Park on Sunday night for the 49ers home opener.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman about his inspiration for using seven offensive linemen for select plays. As it turns out, Roman adopted the formations during a coaching stint at an East Coast high school.
“In a league filled with sophisticated offense and intricate chess matches,” Branch writes, “the 49ers occasional here-comes-a-run message, Alex Boone said, is straight out of high school.”
Today’s Morning Tailgate features Madden 13 headlines and a look ahead to the Detroit matchup. Those stories and more after the jump.
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group points out that San Francisco holds an 8-2 record against Madden cover boys in the past. Detroit star Calvin Johnson, who is featured on this year’s Madden 13 video game cover, is expected to command plenty of attention from the 49ers secondary.
CSNBayArea.com shares a video from EA Sports highlighting the Madden 13 user statistics from Week 1 of the NFL season. The 49ers were the most popular team nationwide, with nearly 400,000 games played.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee discusses the relationship between Alex Boone and Leonard Davis on the offensive line. Barrows: “Boone this year has joined Anthony Davis in adding an element of feistiness to the offensive line. His attitude figured into the good grades he got from coaches after his first ever regular season start Sunday in Green Bay.”
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com analyzes statistics and predicts the 49ers won’t be using fourth cornerback Perrish Cox as much as they used him in Week 1 vs. the Packers. Maiocco: “Perrish Cox, the 49ers’ fourth cornerback, was in on 76-percent of the plays. Cox mostly replaced linebacker Patrick Willis in the 49ers’ “dime” defense, which calls for six defensive backs. This week, Cox figures to see a dramatic reduction in play time, as the Lions will use two tight ends as much as they play three wide receivers.”
Barrows also wrote about the lofty expectations Vernon Davis has set for himself. Barrows: “He’s the last player off the practice field, and he comes in on his days off to snag balls from the JUGS machine. When he’s not on the field during practice, he’s off on a side field working with a quarterback, a trainer, anyone he can corral to throw him a pass.”
Barrows notes the role of the developmental squad players and backups in preparing the first-string 49ers. Barrows: “Cornerback Carlos Rogers said he and his fellow defenders had no surprises from Aaron Rodgers and the Packers on Sunday, and for that he credited defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and the scout-team offense.”
Inman takes a look at the number of “firsts” that occurred at Lambeau Field and lists a number of other milestones that can be reached by the 49ers later this season. Inman: “NaVorro Bowman had his first career interception, Carlos Rogers his first sack, Alex Boone his first start and David Akers, well, his first 63-yard field goal. Here are other ‘firsts’ remaining on the 49ers’ horizon.”
49ers.com recapped a busy day of news at team headquarters with a look at Frank Gore’s unique running style, a breakdown of the Detroit matchup from Roman and Vic Fangio, the evolution of Aldon Smith and reaction from the Red and Gold Rally in San Francisco. The latest Niner Talk podcast also features NaVorro Bowman discussing his close relationship with Patrick Willis.
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